April 2, 2015
ACI & UCPNEA Host Name Dedication
NEWPORT, ARK — The Arkansas Center for Independence (ACI), formerly known as the ‘Jackson County Learning Center’ was honored to host a dedication of their newest van on Wednesday, March 25 for the family of the late Phillip Marlin. The van was dedicated and named ‘Phillip’ on behalf of ACI and the United Cerebral Palsy of Northeast Arkansas (UCPNEA) to Marlin’s mother, Ruby Marlin of Newport and sister, Sandy Rummel of Batesville.
Each year, ACI applies for a grant through the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) to receive a new van for transporting clients. ACI has been fortunate enough each year they have applied to receive a new van. Glenda Rutledge-May, Executive Director of ACI said, “After we receive a vehicle, we like to name each of the vans after a client that has passed away. This year it was named after Phillip Marlin who was a part of the organization for 29 years.”
The AHTD requires ACI to pay 20% of the cost of the van. For the past five years, the United Cerebral Palsy of Northeast Arkansas (UCPNEA) has paid the required match for ACI. The mission of UCPNEA is to raise funds for equipment, services and education for children and adults with cerebral palsy. Each board member volunteers to improve the quality of life for those in NEA and Southeast Missouri. Gary Wells, Chairman of the NEAUCP said, “We are happy to be here in Newport, Arkansas today to dedicate the van. UCPNEA has provided matching funds for this beautiful van and for the wonderful people that will be using it here at the facility.”
ACI is a non-profit organization providing day-to-day support, services and employment to adults 18 and older with developmental disabilities. ACI helps clients gain skills to become more independent and become fully integrated into society.
Pictured left to right: Bobby Puryear, Gary Wells, Glenda Rutledge-May, Ruby Marlin, Judy, Sandy Rummel, Lenora, Dawn Marlin and Tommy Reaves.